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Jailed Clerk's Appeal Quashed

Monday March 31 2014


Janet Cooper Janet Cooper


A JAILED former town clerk has failed in her bid to reduce her sentence - after judges were told the people of Brierley and Grimethorpe would be paying the debt for at least 20 years.

Jan Cooper, 52, of Wadsley Lane, Hillsborough, Sheffield, dishonestly applied for £695,000 of loans in Brierley Town Council's name, keeping £295,000 of it for herself.

Cooper admitted four frauds and one theft and was jailed for eight years at Sheffield Crown Court last October.

She appealed the sentence but was told by judges at London's Court of Appeal that her offences were too serious to justify anything less.

"This was a very unusual and extremely serious case of fraud, committed in breach of trust by a public servant, which had massive consequences for the local community," said Mr Justice Spencer.

The court heard she had a previous conviction for stealing £800,000 from a former employer, but did not disclose the fact when she applied for the town clerk job.

"This was a case which required a severe sentence and her sentence was properly severe," Mr Justice Spencer added. "We find it impossible to say that the judge's starting point was in any way excessive."

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Reply Posted by EMC on Monday March 31 2014 at 12:06
I still don't see why this is now a "debt" for the people of Brierley and Grimethorpe who have already paid their taxes! Why should it be their responsibility to pay again when it's the council who did not properly vet this person before employing her!

Reply Posted by Niki on Monday March 31 2014 at 12:18
Why should we the residents of brierley and grimethorpe have to foot the bill of this thief? Thanks to this woman both villages have to do without the clean ups they need especially brierley it's a mess. The council say this is due to the lack of financial funding we cannot have. The council are also at fault for not doing the procedures to find out if she had any convictions.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Monday March 31 2014 at 13:07
she got caught how many dont and are still milking it.

Reply Posted by Barry murphy on Monday March 31 2014 at 13:46
Why should us honest people have to foot the bill this bich needs to be punished and this bich alone

Reply Posted by Anon on Monday March 31 2014 at 16:59
If you are THE Barry Murphy of Grimethorpe, I take it you are using the word 'honest' loosely when you describe yourself. By the way, there is a T in bitch old bean.

Reply Posted by grinds my gears on Monday March 31 2014 at 20:30
Was any monies recovered under the proceeds of crime act?

Reply Posted by grimey on Monday March 31 2014 at 23:17
Nicely said barry. Anon stop critisising.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 09:18
@Barry 'misogynistic' Murphy - do you really think it is acceptable to call a women a 'bich' in 2014? Is you wife a 'bich' or your daughters?

Reply Posted by Barry on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 09:31
Kilkenny please concentrate on your WEDDING you faggot.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 09:37
Hi Barry - (LOL) - Did you know that 'faggot' is a derogatory term for a homosexual? It is 2014 now you know love. Are you ashamed to be so homophobic? There is a world beyond Grimethorpe.

Now go and get your 'biches' to make you a cup of tea. All women should know their place!!!!!

Reply Posted by Sid on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 09:40
I see the foul mouthed Kilkenny his back. London must be boring.

Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 09:42
I didn't type that,but 10/10 for mind reading. Haha.

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 09:42
Sid@ Go be a good lad and put your head down the toilet .

Reply Posted by LOL on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 09:46
HAHA SID

Reply Posted by lol on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 09:58
They should sell everything she has to pay off this dept, and the rest should be written off and claimed back off her when she gets out in 3.5 years!!!

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 09:58
SID/LOL - Don't you have to sign on today?

Reply Posted by me on Thursday April 3 2014 at 07:14
Kilkenny who u think u are she is a bitch for stealin yea we in 2014 n these dsys women get called alot worse then that pal now jog on